Remove all ewducation acts since 1976

Before 1976 Education was the responsibility of schools and teachers.  Local Authorities were required to make sure that there were enough schools for all the children in their area and had to ensure every child had a place in school.  Central Government provided a framework and the funds. 

In 1976 the Great Education Debate allowed Central Government to get involved in Education and it's not worked.  The National Curriculum as a guideline would be fine, but it's become a requirement. In ordr to deliver a centralised curriculum we have seen the development of lots of new QUANGOs like OFSTED and QCA etc.  Before HMI was able to check that Local Authorities were doing their work while Local inspectors checked that the schools were delivering.  Some Local Authorities were poor at their job, but we now have laws that allow Government to inspect Local Authorities, lets use that model for Education.  HMI can inspect the Authority and require it to do its job properly.  But lets get Central Government out of the minutii of schools and education. Restore Local Authority and Accountability.

Why is this idea important?

Before 1976 Education was the responsibility of schools and teachers.  Local Authorities were required to make sure that there were enough schools for all the children in their area and had to ensure every child had a place in school.  Central Government provided a framework and the funds. 

In 1976 the Great Education Debate allowed Central Government to get involved in Education and it's not worked.  The National Curriculum as a guideline would be fine, but it's become a requirement. In ordr to deliver a centralised curriculum we have seen the development of lots of new QUANGOs like OFSTED and QCA etc.  Before HMI was able to check that Local Authorities were doing their work while Local inspectors checked that the schools were delivering.  Some Local Authorities were poor at their job, but we now have laws that allow Government to inspect Local Authorities, lets use that model for Education.  HMI can inspect the Authority and require it to do its job properly.  But lets get Central Government out of the minutii of schools and education. Restore Local Authority and Accountability.

CRB checks

Scrap CRB checks and replace them with legally binding self-certification statements enforceable by very strong prison terms.

This will have a number of benefits. First at a stroke, it will reduce the bureaucracy surrounding this requirement. Second, if anyone is caught working with children who would have otherwise been banned by CRB checks then it become easy to deal with. In addition, if anyone slips through the net and commits an offence, which would have normally been picked up by the CRB check then prosecution under this law would be quicker and more effective than relying on the evidence of a child or others in a court case.

 

While this is not a perfect solution to the ever-increasing number of CRB checks needed, this approach may just make it more effective.

Why is this idea important?

Scrap CRB checks and replace them with legally binding self-certification statements enforceable by very strong prison terms.

This will have a number of benefits. First at a stroke, it will reduce the bureaucracy surrounding this requirement. Second, if anyone is caught working with children who would have otherwise been banned by CRB checks then it become easy to deal with. In addition, if anyone slips through the net and commits an offence, which would have normally been picked up by the CRB check then prosecution under this law would be quicker and more effective than relying on the evidence of a child or others in a court case.

 

While this is not a perfect solution to the ever-increasing number of CRB checks needed, this approach may just make it more effective.